Casting is in full swing and plans are under way for VH1’s upcoming TLC biopic. Recently, we learned that Lil Mama would play the role of Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopez and now it’s been announced that KeKe Palmer, has been casted to play Chilli ((real name Rozonda Ocelean Thomas). While this is good news for fans of the 20-year-old actress, everyone isn’t yet sold that she can pull it off. A few fans took to twitter, tweeting their displeasure with Keke landing the new gig and the Chicago native wasn’t having it. She defended herself, writing:
People kill me, I don’t remember Angela Bassett looking ANYTHING like Tina Turner. And she RIPPED that role, ? People need to realize hat movies aren’t casted by people looking like who they’re playing. They’re casted by who can do the role. I don’t know about you, but I would much rather see a movie that is well acted, then a movie with a bunch of look a like’s. Cause Ben Affleck isn’t even Hispanic, but the man he played in Argo IS. I shouldn’t play the part because my baby hair isn’t the perfect texture?. Goodnight Twitter, goodnight.
Nonetheless, Keke is no stranger to the big screen. Her break-out role was the lead in the 2004 film, ‘Akeelah And the Bee’, while she also made a cameo on Barbershop 2 (she played Queen Latifah’s niece). She’s also tried her hand at music, releasing a 2007 album called ‘So Uncool’. What else do we know about the film? Drew Sidora has been cast as Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and the screen writer for the film is Kate Lanier (What’s Love Got To Do With It, Set it Off). The biopic will tell the story of the popular 1990’s group, when signed to LaFace Records, releasing their multi-platinum debut. The film which touch upon much of their success, along with the dram surrounding the trio (bankruptcy, fights, illnesses, Left Eye’s death, etc.) Anywho, time will tell if she can pull her latest roll off, but what do you think? Can you imagine Keke as Chilli and did she over-react on twitter, or was her response warranted?